The Benedictine monk had served as archbishop of Milwaukee from 1977 to 2002 and resigned from the post amid sexual abuse scandal.
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The amount, with the average amounting to about $300,000 per person, is one of the largest by a U.S. diocese.
The lawsuit detailed the sexual harassment the victims suffered from Guzmán Astaburuaga, who was a priest and teacher from 1986 to 1992.
A Chilean survivor of sexual abuse says that he wrote to the Holy Father and that the pontiff failed to act on the information.
The accused include Archbishop Anthony Apuron and 13 Guam priests. Claims span from 1955 to 1994.
The Belgian archbishop has drawn criticism for his handling as a local bishop of five separate sexual abuse files.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop, who said his leadership ‘has unfortunately drawn attention away from the good works of his Church and those who perform them.’
The Holy Father accepted a proposal discussed by the council of cardinals to create a new judicial entity to deal specifically with the hot-button issue.